Regional Growth Programme

In 2014 an independent study on the Bay of Plenty’s economic opportunities was commissioned by the Ministries of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and Primary Industries (MPI), in partnership with the Bay of Connections.

The Toi Moana Bay of Plenty Regional Growth Study (RGS) identifies a range of short to mid-term opportunities (0-10 years) that could assist in increasing investment, employment, and incomes across the region.

The RGS was launched by Ministers in May 2015 and an Economic Action Plan created in partnership with regional stakeholders, to identify how key opportunities can be realised, who is responsible and by when.

The region agreed to prioritise nine key areas for development, including agribusiness, aquaculture, education and skills, forestry and wood processing, geothermal, horticulture, Māori land utilisation, visitor economy and water management.

Individual action plans have been developed for each, which include barriers for success and those needing to be involved.

Successful implementation of these action plans will require true regional ownership and leadership, including the need to be agile as work progresses. The RGS is a revolutionary platform on which to sustainably develop the Bay of Plenty region, in partnership between government and the region.

Implementation will begin in 2016.

Progress on other opportunities not listed in the Action Plan will continue as business as usual through existing Bay of Connections action groups or relevant economic development agencies.

To learn more about the Maori Land Utilisation Action Plan, please click here


Economic Action Plan Summary
Toi Moana Bay of Plenty Regional Growth Study
Regional Growth Study Opportunities Infographic

For further information on the Regional Growth Study and how it came about, see the
Factsheet and FAQs.

Regional Action Plan Updates

#1 April 2016

#2 May 2016

#3 August 2016

#4 October 2016

#5 January 2017

#6 February 2017

#7 April 2017


Cheryl Lewis
Bay of Connections Portfolio Manager
021 224 1371